Kim Yu-Na
South Korean figure skater
Kim Yu-Na
Kim Yuna is a South Korean figure skater. She is the 2010 Olympic champion in ladies' singles, the 2009 World champion, the 2009 Four Continents champion, a three-time Grand Prix Final champion, the 2006 World Junior champion, the 2005 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, and a five-time (2002–2005, 2013) South Korean national champion.
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Ice queens set for final battle
CNN - about 3 years
Long-time rivals, figure skaters Mao Asada of Japan and South Korea's Kim Yu-Na, vie for one final shot at gold.
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Sochi: snow, skis and scandals
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
Where exactly is Sochi? Does Britain have a chance of a medal in anything? And are the Winter Olympics about sport, or politics? Here's all you need to know about the imminent snow-fest Where is Sochi? It is in the far south-west of Russia, on the north-east coast of the Black Sea, which is a very strange place indeed for a Winter Olympics. First, it is on the doorstep of the north Caucasus, the country's most volatile region. The site of the Beslan school massacre is just 245 miles away. Second, Sochi is a subtropical summer resort town – warmer in an average February than London – and one of the few places in Russia where you might not find snow. Even in the Caucasus mountains where the skiing and sliding events will be held, white slopes are far from guaranteed. The organisers have therefore stored a supply of last year's snow, just in case. Reading this on a mobile? Click here to view Shaun White in action Who are the sporting stars going to be? In Russia the big name is A ...
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With Vonn Out, Other Olympians May Shine Brighter
NYTimes - about 3 years
Lindsey Vonn’s injury may mean athletes like the snowboarder Shaun White, the skier Ted Ligety, the figure skater Kim Yu-na and the curler Brad Jacobs will see more of the spotlight.
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Today in History 04.30.12
3 KATC - almost 5 years
Today is Monday, April 30, the 121st day of 2012. There are 245 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 30, 1812, Louisiana (formerly the Territory of Orleans) became the 18th state of the Union. On this date: In 1789, George Washington took office in New York as the first president of the United States. In 1803, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for 60 million francs, the equivalent of about $15 million. In 1900, engineer John Luther "Casey" Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad died in a train wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in a successful effort to save the passengers. In 1911, a fire broke out in Bangor, Maine, destroying much of the downtown area before it was brought under control the next morning; two deaths were blamed on the blaze. In 1912, Universal Studios had its beginnings as papers incorporating the Universal Film Manufacturing Co. were filed and recorded in New York State. In 1939, ...
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Today in History - MSN Money
Google News - over 5 years
Rhythm-and-blues singer Terry Ellis is 48. Rock musician Brad Wilk is 43. TV personality Dweezil Zappa is 42. Actress Rose McGowan is 38. Actor Andrew Ducote is 25. Actress Katerina Graham is 25. Olympic gold medal figure skater Kim Yu-na is 21
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weekly star scene - Arirang News
Google News - over 5 years
Kim Yu-na is following up her major role in bringing the 2018 Winter Olympics to Korea with another important mission. She has been named a Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, in 2013
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10 Questions with Figure Skater Kim Yu-Na - TIME
Google News - over 5 years
(See Kim Yu-na and Asada Mao in TIME's top 10 figure-skating rivalries.) I trained for a long time toward the Olympics. I was really exhausted after it was over, and rather than setting another goal, I just wanted to rest. More than physically resting,
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Kim Yu-na to feature in charity ice show - Xinhua
Google News - over 5 years
17 (Xinhua) -- South Korean figure skating Olympic champ Kim Yu-na will perform in a charity ice show in the Harvard University, her agency confirmed on Wednesday. The gold medalist in 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, who will turn 21 next month,
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Kim Yu-na Pays Homage to the Nation at Seoul's Olympic Park - Arirang News
Google News - over 5 years
I prepared the program to pay respect to our country and show my gratitude to the fans for supporting me." And did she express her respect by skating to her long program this season, "Homage to Korea," whose theme is none other than the nation's widely
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Kim Yu-na's Summer Ice Show Set to Open on Independence Day Weekend - Arirang News
Google News - over 5 years
Kim Yu-na is back, but this time she will not be alone on the ice. Kim will lead "All That Skate Summer," her exclusive ice show that will take place at Seoul's Olympic Park from Saturday until Monday, Korea's Independence Day
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Kim Yu-Na on Finishing Up Filming for “Kiss and Cry” - Soompi
Google News - over 5 years
The SBS variety show “Kim Yu-Na's Kiss and Cry” the emcee and judge Kim Yu-Na gave her remarks for finishing the last filming of the show. According to SBS, Kim Yu-Na appeared at the Ilsan SBS studio on August 9 th to film the final episode
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Constituent Asks Jane Kim Why She's Still Single - SFist
Google News - over 5 years
Take Kim Yu Na, the figure skater. I know girls as cute or cuter, but Kim Yu Na wins because she has a gold medal draped around her neck, and that's the kind of bling you can't buy. If they said Rose Pak was hot, then, um, yeah, I'd probably agree with
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Korea's Most Prospective Figure Skaters Compete for the Junior Grand Prix - Arirang News
Google News - over 5 years
They are better known as "Yu-na kids," the new generation of Korean figure skaters, who grew up watching Kim Yu-na become an Olympic gold medalist and world champion. And these rising stars competed on their training rink this week for the Junior Grand
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The sweat of Kim Yu-na and Oscar Pistorius - 동아일보
Google News - over 5 years
Korean figure skater Kim Yu-na is famous for never getting nervous even at a major competition. In an interview with The Dong-A Ilbo two weeks after Pyeongchang won the right to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, she said, "I had butterflies in my stomach
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In South Korean Sports, A Culture of Corruption
NYTimes - over 5 years
SEOUL -- On the day South Koreans rejoiced over the selection of Pyeongchang as the host city of the 2018 Winter Olympics, prosecutors continued to peel back layers of a long-hushed dirty secret of the nation's sports landscape. Since June, 55 professional soccer players have been indicted in the biggest match-fixing scandal in South Korean
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Helping the Prez & Yu-na Sell Pyeongchang - Wall Street Journal (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
It was broadcast live in South Korea and showed, for the first time to many Koreans, prominent people like President Lee Myung-bak and champion figure skater Kim Yu-na speaking in English. Terrence Burns, president of Helios Partners,
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How did Kim Yu-na`s voice and delivery help Olympic bid? - 동아일보
Google News - over 5 years
Olympic figure skating champion Kim Yu-na has played a critical role in South Korea`s successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. She won over International Olympics Committee members in her presentation in Durban, South Africa, Wednesday with an
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kim Yu-Na
    TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 21
    On July 2, 2012, Kim announced her intention to skate competitively in the 2012–13 season, with the ultimate goal of skating in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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    In June 17, 2012, Kim took part in Artistry On Ice in China and Li Sheng, president of SECA, the host of Sunday's show, said it took two years to lure Kim.
    More Details Hide Details And added "It's a breakthrough in Artistry on Ice, and even in China's figure skating history, although she only took part in the Shanghai stop." Kim has stated that she hopes to become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after the 2014 Sochi Games. Kim donated more than 2. billion won ($1.7 million) as of Oct, 2009 and is continuing her effort in many ways. Her charitable contributions known to public include:
    In June 2012, Kim filed a libel suit against a professor who described her practice teaching assignments as performances.
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    In early 2012, Kim began appearing in a series of commercials for Hite Beer, one of the most popular beers in Korea.
    More Details Hide Details Her appearances were criticized by the Korean Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (KAAP) and Oh Young-jin the Managing Editor of The Korea Times due to the fact that she is considered to be an important role model for young people and should not be promoting the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
    In January 2012, IB Sports agreed to pay her 800 million won ($698,000) in arrears.
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  • 2011
    Age 20
    In October 2011, Kim was appointed a member of the Executive Committee of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games Organising Committee.
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    The Korean committee members including Kim traveled to Durban, South Africa, where International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s decision for the hosting city was finalized on July 6, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details There, she fulfilled her role as Korean delegation by promoting PyeongChang as an athlete ambassador and an Olympic champion. Kim was one of the eight Korean delegates who appeared before the July 6th IOC conference and delivered a presentation for Pyeongchang, which won the hosting rights over other rival cities, Munich of Germany and Annecy of France.
    However, she chose not to compete in the Grand Prix series to focus on the 2011 World Championships.
    More Details Hide Details She won the silver medal at the event after being placed first in the short program and second in the free skating with a total score of 194.50 points, 1.29 points behind Miki Ando. She said she might miss the next Grand Prix series due to her work promoting South Korea's successful bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics. In May 2011, Kim told Around the Rings that bringing the Winter Olympics to PyeongChang would be an inspiration to young athletes in Korea.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2010
    Age 19
    In addition to this book, she also wrote a book called Like Kim Yuna, published on March 30, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details This book targets younger readers. Kim played a key role in South Korea's effort to win the rights to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Kim was part of the Olympic Bidding Committee for PyeongChang, the Korean hosting city.
    Kim won the Sportswoman of the Year Award from Women's Sports Foundation on October 12, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details On January 28, 2010, Kim published her book, Kim Yu-na's Seven-Minute Drama, about her experience with figure skating since the age of seven to the preparation of 2010 Winter Olympic in Vancouver. The Chosun Ilbo stated that the book "deals with her attempts to overcome her obstacles and to become the world's top figure skater."
    In October 2010, Kim and her management All That Sports debuted 2010 All That Skate LA, a US version of their highly successful Korean ice show brand, All That Skate, at Staples Center, Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details The show, which was directed by renowned Canadian choreographer David Wilson and boasted an impressive all-star cast, including the five-time world champion Michelle Kwan, the reigning Olympic champions from three skating disciplines including Kim, and many world champions, received rave reviews from both figure skating fans and critics for bringing a new style of skating show to the US and also for its overall high quality production.
    In September 2010, Kim was invited to the United Nation's New York headquarters to mark the annual International Day of Peace celebration in capacity of UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador.
    More Details Hide Details She joined the ceremony alongside high level UN officials including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Goodwill Ambassadors representing other branches of the United Nations. There, she advocated peace messages from UNICEF.
    In August 2010, in honor of Kim's visit, the city of Los Angeles designated August 7 as "Yu-Na Kim Day" and granted her honorary citizenship.
    More Details Hide Details She also received the "Proud Korean Award" from the Korean American Leadership Foundation in the city on the same day as Sammy Lee, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in men's diving in 1948 and 1952.
    She was also named an ambassador for the 2010 G-20 Seoul summit alongside actress Han Hyo Joo and soccer player representative Park Ji-Sung.
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    In July 2010, Kim was named international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
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    Kim has been rated as one of the world's most influential people in 2010 by TIME.
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    Kim was named as an ambassador for the 2010–2012 Visit Korea Year.
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    Kim has worked in several projects as a singer. She recorded a duet with K-pop singer Lee Seung-gi to collaborate on "Smile Boy", the 2010 Football World Cup commercial song.
    More Details Hide Details She also sang with Korean band Big Bang on the single "Shouts of Reds" created for the Korean World Cup soccer team. Kim has also performed songs by Korean pop singers Taeyeon from Girls' Generation, IU, Narsha and BoA on the television show Kim Jung Eun's Chocolate.
    In August 2010, Forbes magazine listed her as one of the highest-paid female athletes in the world, with annual earnings of $9.7 million.
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    During the 2010 Winter Olympics, Forbes magazine named Kim, along with American snowboarder Shaun White, as the top-earning athletes participating in the Olympics with $7.5 million each to their name.
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    In April 2010, Kim left IB Sports and set up her own agency called All That Sports Corp. (AT Sports) with the support of her mother.
    More Details Hide Details They organized an ice show, All That Skate. Kim has appeared in many commercials in South Korea. Her commercial for a new touchscreen haptic phone from Samsung Electronics, dubbed as Yuna's Haptic (SPH-W7700), sold over one million devices in a record seven months. The "Yuna's Haptic" cell phone, released in May 2009 sold over 550 thousand devices in the first 80 days of sales.
    On October 5, 2010, Peter Oppegard was announced as Kim's coach.
    More Details Hide Details On October 18, 2011 Kim stated that she will sit out the entire 2011–2012 season.
    On August 25, 2010, Orser caused controversy by revealing Kim's 2010–2011 competitive program information to the press without Kim and her choreographer's consent.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after, Kim left the rink where she had trained with Orser to train at the East West Ice Palace in Los Angeles owned by Michelle Kwan and Kwan's family.
    In August 2010, Kim and her coach of four years, Brian Orser, parted ways.
    More Details Hide Details Their split was first made known to the public by Orser's press release. Orser's dismissal was reported as "sudden and unexpected" and no explanation was given for the split. Orser made the separation public because he did not want it to become a distraction for his other skaters, including Americans Adam Rippon and Christina Gao. Rippon said in an interview that they had known about the situation longer than the general public, and had had time to deal with it, noting that "it hasn't affected Brian's coaching, and it certainly hasn't affected my training." Kim posted an online message accusing Orser of lying. She stated on her official website that they had been maintaining an awkward and ambiguous relationship for months and that she was perplexed by Orser's announcement. She also said that the dismissal had been her decision and that the reason behind it did not need to be made public. After the split, Orser gave several interviews regarding his dismissal.
    Kim was assigned to the 2010 Cup of China and to the 2010 Cup of Russia for the 2010–2011 ISU Grand Prix season.
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    After the 2010 Winter Olympics, personalities such as Jacques Rogge and Hillary Clinton praised Kim's Olympic performance.
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    Kim's short program, long program and combined total scores in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver were the highest scores ever since the ISU Judging System was created, and were automatically registered in the Guinness World Records.
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    In February 2010, Kim competed in the ladies event at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details She entered the Games as a strong favorite to win the gold. In the short program on February 23, she executed a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, a triple flip and a double axel. Her spirals and her spins were graded a level four. Her technical score of 44.70 points was the highest of the event. She also received superior scores in the program components, where she received 33.80 due to her interpretative artistic skills. As a result Kim scored 78.50 points, taking the lead by 4.72 over Mao Asada of Japan and achieving her best score in the short program. She set a new world record. On February 25, she won the free skate with a score of 150.06 points, 18.34 ahead of Asada, who also came in second place in that segment of the competition. Kim landed a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, a triple flip, a double axel-double toe loop-double loop combination, a double axel-triple toe loop combination, a triple salchow, a triple lutz and a double axel as well as receiving level fours for her spins and her spiral sequence. Combined with her grace and musical expression, both her technical score of 78.30 and her presentation of 71.76 were the highest of the night. She was the only competitor to earn nines in her program components scores.
    In March 2010, Kim competed at the 2010 World Championships in Turin, Italy.
    More Details Hide Details Kim said she had struggled with finding the motivation to compete at the World Championships after winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games. Kim placed seventh in the short program with 60.30 points. She opened with a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, but had problems with her layback spin and spiral sequence. She rebounded in the free skate to win the program with 130.49 points completing a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, a triple flip, a double axel-double toe loop-double loop combination, a double axel-triple toe loop combination and a triple lutz, but having trouble with her triple salchow and double axel. She won the silver medal totalling 190.79 points.
    In February 2010, Kim competed in the ladies event at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, where she captured Olympic gold.
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    She is the 2010 Olympic champion in Ladies' Singles, the 2009 World champion, the 2009 Four Continents champion, a three-time (2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2009–2010) Grand Prix Final champion, the 2006 World Junior champion, the 2005–2006 Junior Grand Prix Final champion, and a four-time (2002–2005) South Korean national champion.
    More Details Hide Details Kim is the first South Korean figure skater to win a medal at an ISU Junior or Senior Grand Prix event, ISU Championship, and the Olympic Games. She is the first female skater to win the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the Four Continents Championships and the Grand Prix Final. She is one of the most highly recognized athletes and media figures in South Korea. She is the current record holder for ladies in the short program, the free skating and the combined total under the ISU Judging System. She is also the first female skater to surpass the 150-point free skating mark and the 200-point total mark under the ISU Judging System. She has never finished off the podium in her entire career.
  • 2009
    Age 18
    Her victories in both Grand Prix events qualified her for the 2009–2010 Grand Prix Final in Tokyo, Japan, in December 2009.
    More Details Hide Details At the event, she placed second in the short program with 65.64 points, .56 behind Miki Ando. The next day, she won the free skate with 123.22 points. As a result, Kim won her 3rd Grand Prix Final title with a total of 188.86 points.
    At the 2009 Skate America, Kim placed first again after the short program with the score of 76.28, which was 17.48 points ahead of her closest competitor Rachael Flatt.
    More Details Hide Details She received +2.20 grade of execution for her triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, the highest ever given for jumps by the ISU in ladies' figure skating. She placed second in the free skate with the score of 111.70 points, due to mistakes in her jumps. Although it was one of her lowest scores, she still won the event with 187.98 points, beating silver medalist Rachael Flatt with a lead of 13.07. At the competition, she set a new world record again for the short program under the ISU Judging System.
    At the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard, she placed first in the short program with the score of 76.08 points, 16.44 points ahead of Yukari Nakano.
    More Details Hide Details She successfully executed a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, followed by a triple flip and a double axel. Her spiral sequence and all three spins were graded a level four. Opening with a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination and showing great artistic skills, she won the free skate scoring 133.95 points. She also executed a double axel-double toe loop-double loop, a double axel-triple toe loop, a triple salchow, a triple lutz and a double axel. She won the event with 210.03 points, 36.04 ahead of silver medalist Mao Asada. Kim set world records for the free skate and the overall score under the ISU Judging System at the competition.
    Kim was assigned to the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard and the 2009 Skate America in the 2009–2010 ISU Grand Prix season.
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    During the 2009 World Championships, held in Los Angeles, United States, she set another new world record of 76.12 points in the short program, surpassing her previous record by almost four points.
    More Details Hide Details She performed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple lutz and a double axel as well as earning a level four on all her spins and her spiral sequence. She also won the free skating program, scoring 131.59 points and showing great presentation skills with her artistry and her musicality. She executed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a double axel, a triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop combination, a double axel-triple toe loop combination, a triple lutz and a double axel. As a result, she set a new world record total of 207.71 as well as winning her first World Championship title and she became the first female skater to surpass 200 points under the ISU Judging System. Her margin of victory was 16.42 points ahead of silver medalist Joannie Rochette. She was the only competitor who earned eights in program components marks in both the short program and the free skate at the competition. Kim was the only female skater whose triple-triple combination was recognized by the judges in both the short and free programs during the 2008–2009 season.
    Kim competed in the 2009 Four Continents in Vancouver, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details She set a new world record of 72.24 points in the short program with a clean performance. She scored 116.83 in the free skating program, keeping the lead with 189.07 points overall and winning the gold medal.
  • 2008
    Age 17
    During the 2008–2009 Grand Prix Final, which was held in Goyang, South Korea, she was placed first in the short program with 65.94 points and second in the free skate where she earned 120.41 points.
    More Details Hide Details She won silver medal with a total score of 186.35 points, 2.20 behind Mao Asada of Japan.
    Her success continued at the 2008 Cup of China, where she received a score of 63.64 in the short program and 128.11 in the free skate, placing first in both of them.
    More Details Hide Details The combined total of 191.75 was nearly 21 points ahead of silver medalist Miki Ando of Japan. Her performance qualified her for a spot in the Grand Prix Final.
    At the 2008 Skate America, Kim was placed first in the short program with a score of 69.50, standing out by the margin of 11.70 points despite a trouble in her double axel.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to capture the ladies title by winning the free skate as well with a score of 123.95. She won the event earning 193.45 points overall, a score that was more than 20 points ahead of silver medalist Yukari Nakano of Japan.
    Kim was assigned to the 2008 Skate America and the 2008 Cup of China Grand Prix for the 2008–2009 ISU Grand Prix season.
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    With persistent hip injury and back pain, she competed at the 2008 World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.
    More Details Hide Details She was placed fifth in the short program with 59.85 points, but rebounded in the free skate to win the program with 123.38. She scored 183.23 points overall, winning her second consecutive bronze medal at the World Championships.
    Kim did not compete at the 2008 Korean National Championships and the 2008 Four Continents Championships due to a hip injury.
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    Kim's placement qualified South Korea two ladies entries for the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships.
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  • 2007
    Age 16
    Kim qualified for the 2007–2008 Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy.
    More Details Hide Details She won the short program with 64.62 points and was placed second in the free skate earning 132.21. With a total score of 196.83 points, Kim won her second Grand Prix Final.
    At the 2007 Cup of Russia, Kim won both the short program scoring 63.50 points and the free skate with 133.70 points, to finish first overall with 197.20 points, 24.43 ahead of silver medalist Yukari Nakano, which set a world record for the free skate score under the ISU Judging System.
    More Details Hide Details She executed triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple loop, a triple lutz-double toe loop combination, a double axel-triple toe loop combination, a triple lutz, triple salchow and double axel.
    Kim started off the 2007–2008 season winning the 2007 Cup of China with a total score of 180.68 points, which was 24.34 ahead of silver medalist Caroline Zhang.
    More Details Hide Details She landed a triple flip-single toe loop combination, a triple Lutz, a double Axel and placed 3rd in the short program. But the next day, she hit a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, a triple loop, triple lutz-double toe loop combination, double axel-triple toe loop combination, a single lutz, a triple salchow, a double axel and three level-four spins to score 122.36 points in the free skating.
    Kim was assigned to the 2007 Cup of China and the 2007 Cup of Russia Grand Prix for the 2007–2008 ISU Grand Prix season.
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    In March 2007, Brian Orser became her new full-time coach.
    More Details Hide Details Satisfied with the training environment in Toronto, Kim made Toronto her training home.
    Kim was selected to compete at the 2007 World Championships based on her performance during the season.
    More Details Hide Details Because of the placement of Choi Ji Eun the year before, South Korea had only one spot in the World Championships. During the World Championships in Tokyo, Japan, Kim won the short program with 71.95 points, setting the highest short program score ever under the ISU Judging System and consequently, a world record. She placed fourth in the long program earning 114.19 points, and finished third overall with 186.14 points behind Japanese skaters Miki Ando and Mao Asada.
    In January 2007, Kim was diagnosed as being in the early stage of lumbar disc herniation (L4~L5).
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    Kim was forced to withdraw due to an injury at the 2007 South Korean Championships and was unable to defend her national title.
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  • 2006
    Age 15
    At the 2006 Grand Prix Final in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Kim placed third in the short program with 65.06 points and first in the free skating with 119.14.
    More Details Hide Details She won the Grand Prix Final earning 184.20 points, by a margin of 11.68 ahead over silver medalist Mao Asada.
    At the 2006 Trophée Eric Bompard, Kim received a score of 65.22 in the short program and 119.32 in the free skate, placing first both of them and won the event with 184.54 points, 10.10 points ahead of silver medalist Miki Ando.
    More Details Hide Details Those performances qualified Kim for the Grand Prix Final for the first time.
    Kim made her senior international debut at 2006 Skate Canada where she won a bronze medal after being placed first at the short program and fourth in the free skate program with a total overall score of 168.48 points.
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    In order to prepare for her senior debut in the 2006–2007 season, Kim trained extensively at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club of Toronto, Ontario, Canada during the summer of 2006.
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    Kim won her fourth senior national title. At the 2006 World Junior Championships, she won the gold medal scoring 177.54 points overall, with a 24.19-point margin of victory over silver medalist Mao Asada.
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  • 2005
    Age 14
    When she was 14 years old, she landed her first triple-triple combination jump at the 2005 World Junior Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Kim has executed three different triple-triple combination jumps in competitions: a triple lutz-triple toe loop, a triple flip-triple toe loop, and a triple toe loop-triple toe loop. She can also execute a triple lutz-double toe loop-double loop jump combination. She has received +2.20 grade of execution for jumps, and she has also received +2.00 grade of execution for her spiral sequence, steps sequence and spins. One of Kim's most famous moves is the bent-leg layover camel spin. She has performed the spin position since 2004. Although she did not invent the move, it is now frequently called the "Yuna spin" or "Yuna camel". Another signature move of hers is a layback ina bauer that she leads directly into a double axel jump, to a double axel-triple toe loop jump combination or to a double axel-double toe loop-double loop jump combination.
    At the 2005–2006 Junior Grand Prix Final, she won the competition 28.34 points ahead of silver medalist Aki Sawada.
    More Details Hide Details During her free skate, she landed seven triple jumps, including a triple flip – triple toe loop combination and a double axel – triple toe loop combination.
    For the 2005–2006 season, Kim was not old enough to compete at the 2006 Olympics, instead, she competed in the 2005–2006 Junior Grand Prix and won both of her competitions in Bulgaria and Slovakia.
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    She retained her National Championship title for the third year in a row on her way to the 2005 World Junior Championships.
    More Details Hide Details At that competition, she won a silver medal earning 158.93 points and landed her first triple-triple combination jump in the free skating.
  • 2004
    Age 13
    She won a silver medal at the 2004–2005 Junior Grand Prix Final with an overall score of 137.75 points.
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    In the 2004–2005 season, Kim competed as a junior at the ISU Junior Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details She won a silver medal at the event in China and a gold medal at the event in Hungary.
    She continued her reign as the South Korean champion in 2004.
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  • 2002
    Age 11
    In 2002, Kim competed internationally for the first time at the Triglav Trophy, where she won the gold medal in the novice competition.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, at age 12, she won the senior title at the South Korean Championships, becoming the youngest skater ever to win that title. She won her second international competition at the Golden Bear of Zagreb, a novice competition.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1990
    Born
    Kim was born in 1990 in Bucheon, Gyeonggi and moved to Gunpo when she was six years old.
    More Details Hide Details She trained initially in South Korea before moving to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in May 2007. She spent four years in Toronto. She currently trains in Seoul and Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. In 2008, Kim was baptized as a Catholic alongside her mother, taking the saint's name Stella. In 2009, Kim enrolled at Korea University as a Physical Education major. The correct transliteration of her name from Korean would be 'Kim Yeona'. However, when she applied for her passport, she intended to write her name as 'Yun-a', but the official mis-wrote her name as 'Yu-na'. In Hangul, 'Yun-a' would properly be spelled "연아" and not "유나." From the 2010–2011 season, her name was registered as 'Yuna Kim' at ISU profile. Kim began skating at the age of 7. Her coach at the time, Jong-Hyeon Ryu, strongly suggested to Kim's mother that Kim should continue to skate, predicting that she would become a world-class figure skater in the future. In a 2011 interview, she gave credit to her coaches for noticing her aptness for skating, "My coaches have told me my muscles and body structure are perfect for skating. I was born with a good instrument, maybe more so than the talent. I was lucky my coaches noticed early on and helped me develop that. A lot of people don't know they are born that way."
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